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The Tolkien Professor

Author: The Tolkien Professor (Corey Olsen)

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The Tolkien Professor podcast is a series of lectures, discussions, and seminars on the works of J.R.R. Tolkien by Corey Olsen, President of Signum University. All are welcome to enter – even those without any party business!
579 Episodes
This evening on SilmFilm we discuss the Osanwe-kenta -- that is, telepathy -- and how we plan to handle it in SilmFilm. Join us on the Signum University Discord server:
It is time to discuss music! Tonight we meet with Phillip Menzies, the SilmFilm composer, to discuss the commissioning of music for Season 7. Join us on the Signum University Discord server:
Tonight we discuss the script of Episode 1! Join us in Gondolin for the first episode of the season. Join us on the Signum University Discord server:
Tonight the SilmFilm team prepares the casting call for the new Season 7 characters! Join us on the Signum University Discord server:
The SilmFilm team plans out the Frame story for Season 7. Join us on the Signum University Discord server:
Having planned the outline of Season 7, it is now time to think in a little more detail about the last quarter of the season: the Battle itself. Join us on the Signum University Discord server:
It's time to outline Season 7! Let's make a plan.
Tonight we finish the general plot discussions with a consideration of the dwarf and villain plot lines in Season 7. Next stop, episode outline!
Tonight the SilmFilm Team tackles various minor characters and subplots, ironing out the final details of the Season 7 story.
Tonight, the SilmFilm team continues its big-picture planning discussions, considering the Union of Maedhros.
The SilmFilm team begins working through the primary plot elements of the season, beginning with the primary character: Hurin Thalion. 2023 Fundraising Campaign Webathon, at 1pm, Saturday, December 9 Join us for the culmination of our 2023 Fundraising Campaign! / signumuniversity / signumu We will celebrate Signum and its programs, checking in on what’s going on around the university. We will have some fun together, celebrating our weekly broadcasts. And most importantly, we will announce and launch our newest program: Signum’s big new publishing endeavor! Schedule for the day: 1pm What’s up at Signum 4pm Announcement: Official Launch of Signum’s new Publishing System. 6pm Broadcast fun and gaming
Tonight we decide on the subject of the Frame story for Season 7.
What are Galadriel and Sauron up to? Are their activities connected at all? And who are the Easterlings anyway, from a Beleriandic perspective?
It is time to look at the Road Ahead. How do we get from the Land of the Dead that Live to the War of Wrath?
It's time to sit down and think thoroughly through the scope of Season 7!
It's the season finale for Season 6: The Music Episode, with our soundtrack team!
In the penultimate session of Season 6, the SilmFilm team discusses art commissions for Season 6.
Tonight we discuss the finale of Season 6: the trip to Mandos! The Final Escape from Bondage!
Tonight we discuss the penultimate episode of Season 6: the Hunt of the Wolf! Esplora il podcast
Tonight is time for casting! It is time to end the suspense for another set of actors hoping for their big break...
Comments (6)

Eric Kingsepp

I loved the discussion in episode, as with all the Silmarillion episodes, but if I had any complaints about this episode it's that I do wish there had been a little bit more moderation of the participants. it did feel like one participant was dominating and going on and on.

Sep 5th

Michael Stephenson

Hi, are the Hobbit lectures not available anymore? They will not play for me. Thank you

May 25th
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iTunes User

What drew me to this show were the lecture series, class recordings, and interviews with fellow academics. The show had turned into a typical, bland, editorial discussion of the Hobbit films. Corey Olsen is a true academic and I miss his concise, always-on-topic episodes. They used to challenge me to think differently about Tolkien by considering the other works served as his inspiration. Now, instead of a 60-90 learning session, episodes are clocking in at almost 3 hours and are mostly joking around. Add the constant feedback hum of Trish's microphone, background interruptions, and Dave's desperate need to talk about how he loves to be contrary for the sake of being contrary and I just don't enjoy it anymore.

Aug 30th

iTunes User

Brilliant! It has rekindled the passion I once had for the written word. I've missed Middle Earth and have just started rereading the Hobbit. I hope to hear more about The Lord of the Ring. I am especially appreciative of the intro and how Mr. Olsen defers to what Tolkien himself states about his writings. It takes a true understanding of literature to not let ego or personal ideology interfere with the reading and interpretation of Great Works.

Aug 30th

iTunes User

I enjoy these podcasts, more the ones with Corey in it than Digest episodes. I understand and appreciate Dave and Trish's contributions, but between Trish's manic laugh, frequent interruptions by her screeching or barking animals in the background and mike hangups, I am close to giving up on the Digest episodes. I hope this will be taken as consturctive criticism- it would be nice to maintain a professional quality in these podcasts.

Aug 30th